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Crime of Korea, The


Published 1950


Korea in the tumultuous period between the end of World War II and the start of the Korean War.


Run time 15:10
Producer U.S. Signal Corps
Sponsor U.S. Department of Defense
Audio/Visual Sd, B&W

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Presents a war correspondent's reports on Korea after its liberation from Japan in 1945 and after communist destruction of the country and its people in 1950.
Ken Smith sez: "Men of good will must kill and destroy to bring a swift end to death and destruction." This production, Armed Forces Screen Report #125, is nothing more than Signal Corps footage and stock music edited together and narrated by a nameless, unseen "war correspondent." It's not an especially interesting film to look at, but it is filled with excellent Korean war rhetoric.
"It was a quiet country back in 1945...I remember how restful the green rice paddies looked," the narrator begins. Now "the air is filled with bullets, not confetti" as "the communist monster" commits "terror and savagery beyond war alone." The strange Kremlin-as-puppet-master mindset of early fifties America reveals itself when the narrator informs us that the North Koreans are not to blame for this war. He excuses them as "primitive" and "misguided fools" who were "led to the slaughter" after being "perverted by those who would make all mankind their dupes in their lust for world control." "Communist imperialism is the REAL criminal!" he proclaims.
Another revealing sequence is one in which the narrator laments the loss of South Korea's "hard-won hopes for economic betterment." "These ashes were our reciept for the hundreds of millions of dollars -- the years of patient teaching of industrial techniques we'd lavished here," he mourns. In other words, the North Korean attack wasn't for simple strategic advantage or the result of generations of ethnic animosity -- it was a Commie-directed personal vendetta against us!
While we're shown footage of dead GIs being fingerprinting and having their rings removed on the battlefield, the narrator lambasts doubters and cynics and claims that those who criticize America's involvement in Korea are "the hard-boiled 'sophisticates' who scoffed at the stories of Dachau and Buchenwald." "The criminal is still at large! Its appetite for aggression unappeased!" the narrator cries, putting Korea in its proper Free World vs. Red Menace context. "If we value our lives, our homes, and our freedom, let us remember the Crime of Korea!"




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Reviews

Reviewer: skeeterses - - June 11, 2006
Subject: The Narrator is Right
The sad truth is that the North Korean Government is guilty of atrocities that continue to this very day. To see how bad things are up in North Korea, go to www.youtube.com and search for North Korea. And the propaganda on North Korean TV, like the F! USA video shows that the North Korean leaders do have a personal vendetta against the rest of the world. And with religion completely outlawed in North Korea, it should be evident that Kim Jong Il's number one enemy is God.
Reviewer: rsmith02 - - July 8, 2003
Subject: 1950- year of change
This film is interesting for its snapshot of American thought in 1950. After years of grueling total war, Americans had hoped to settle into a new era of peace. The Communist near-capture of South Korea and war against American forces was a jarring wake-up call. The end of this move exhorts Americans to support the war effort and rearmament yet again, this time to preserve peace from Communist aggression. As the war-weary correspondent hints throughout the film, when will the needless fighting finally end?
Reviewer: Spuzz - - April 11, 2003
Subject: Ick!
Not very pleasant propoganda film lambasting Korea for all sorts of War crimes. As the correspondent intones, it was very gay. And the americans were gay as well when they were there.. Who knew? (I know, I know.. but this sounds funny the way it's described here). Anyways, this rosy outlook changes five years later with the Korean War, where casualty after casualty is shown, some are quite gruesome. Not too sure how much is true, or how much of it is balanced (hearing a war correspondent talk about communists as idiotic is not really balanced). Proceed at your own risk!
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